Country Stampede move will have big impact on Topeka and Manhattan – WIBW

Country Stampede move will have big impact on Topeka and Manhattan - WIBW

Flooding moves Country Stampede to Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Country music fans and their tourist dollars are moving to another spot for Country Stampede this summer.

Manhattans biggest country music festival of the year is being moved to Topeka this year because of flooding concerns near the Tuttle Creek lake park area.

Kicker Country Stampede announces move to Heartland Park in Topeka due to flooding

Organizers made the announcement Friday morning – but the actual grounds where stages will set up and where people will camp will be officially decided early next week.

The festival will have 50 country acts performing across four stages with country music’s biggest acts headlining each night to include Jason Aldean, Old Dominion and Jake Owen, and many more. The three-day event also features multi-levels of camping experiences on the festival grounds.

Wichita, Kansas News, Weather, Sports – Country Stampede moved to Topeka amid flooding

The decision to change locations had to be made now to allow time for a move -i n time for the big three day show.

Wayne Rouse, the president of Country Stampede said, “It takes time to move everything, if we waited much longer we wouldnt have been able to make the move.”

“All the stages, all the entertainers, the vendors, camping, everything that was purchased for camping. If you had electrical, therell be electrical,” Rouse said.

Friends and family gathered to say goodbye to 50-year-old Billy Callison Friday.  Police believe 25-year-old Royce Thomas and 24-year-old Micaela Spencer killed Callison and stole his truck and RV around two weeks ago.

The City of Manhattan estimates the stampede – and its huge throng of fans – generates an estimated $8 million for the local economy.

Friends and family gathered to say goodbye to 50-year-old Billy Callison Friday.  Police believe 25-year-old Royce Thomas and 24-year-old Micaela Spencer killed Callison and stole his truck and RV around two weeks ago.

“Its got a great potential, our city has great potential … Events like these come up to heartland park I think its good for all of us,” said Khush Patel, the owner of the Super 8 near the airport.

 Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Toronto Raptors won the first NBA Finals game played outside the U.S., beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 on Thursday night. 

“Not just my property but every hotel in Topeka would be generating revenue … Good in terms of hotel occupancy as well as the city tax revenue the city will generate.”

 Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Toronto Raptors won the first NBA Finals game played outside the U.S., beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 on Thursday night. 

TPD and Shawnee Co. law enforcement will meet Monday to discuss how theyll keep people safe at country stampede – and whether or not theyll call in nearby agencies to help.

Fred VanVleet is the first former Shocker to play in the NBA Finals since 1998, and hes not only there but making an impact. The Toronto Raptors dont make it this far without him. 

MANHATTAN, Kan.— Due to severe flooding and uncertainty of the safety of event grounds, Country Stampede officials have announced an alternative location for the 2019 music festival, according to a media release on the festival web site.

The festival set for June 20-22 will be held at the Heartland Motorsports Park located at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, Kansas.

Wichita police say theyve seen a rash of vandalism on the citys east side and shared video of a group of people breaking out windows at a local parks recreation center. 

Safety is our main concern. The severe weather prompted us to partner with the good folks over at Heartland Motorsports in Topeka, just 45 minutes away to insure all of our concert goers will be out of harms way.

Widespread flooding across nearly half the state of Kansas caused the original festival location of Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhatten to close for an unknown amount of time.

We are maintaining the integrity of what we currently have in place to our new location, says Wayne Rouse, president of Country Stampede. ​ For any other questions, email [email protected] or call 800-795-8091.


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